Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Guilt beyond all reasonable doubt?
Man gets execution date despite strong evidence of innocence

Larry Swearingen, TX, is scheduled to be executed on January 27, 2009.

He was in Jail while the murder in this case occured and the DNA (blood and hairs) excluded him as the biological donor.

Evidence was withheld from medical examiner and the jury; leading the medical examiner at the time of trial to a wrong time of victim's death that erred in the jury coming to a death sentence. The medical examiner reviewed the case in 2007 and reversed her opinion on the date of death, with now four forensic pathologists independently reaching the same conclusion - that the victim got killed and her body dumped in the woods while Larry Swearingen was in jail on unrelated charges.

We ask that you please stop the scheduled execution of Larry Swearingen based on these facts as far as Texas law allows, and urge a reopening of the investigation, as there is other evidence that points unambiguously to actual innocence.

For more information about Larry's case, check out his website at:

Please contact the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Governor Rick Perry on behalf of Larry Swearingen.

Please send APPEALS TO:

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
General Counsel's Office
(to the attention of Ms Rissie L. Owens, Presiding Officer)
8610 Shoal Creek Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78758
Phone: 1 512 406 5852
Fax: 1 512 406 5852
Salutation: Dear Ms Owens

Governor Rick Perry
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711-2428
Fax: 1 512 463 1849
Salutation: Dear Governor

Phone (Office of the Governor):
for Texas callers: (800) 252-9600
for calls from other States and outside the US: 1 512 463-2000

Please also sign the online-petition for Larry Swearingen here

NOTE: Montgomery County District Attorney Michael A. McDougal (he set the date for Larry) will leave office on January 1, 2009 and Brett Ligon will become the new Montgomery County District Attorney.

After January 1, 2009 - after he takes office - it might also be worthwhile to write Mr. Ligon and ask him to withdraw the January 27, 2009 execution date for Larry Swearingen.

Brett Ligon
Montgomery County District Attorney
207 W. Phillips, 2nd Flr.
Conroe, Texas 77301

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